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This is the Best Postseason Start of Crosby's Career

This is the Best Postseason Start of Crosby's Career

April 18th, 2018 Sidney Crosby having playoff success with the Pittsburgh Penguins isn’t anything new. After all, with the Penguins' 2017 Stanley Cup win, Crosby has now won the Conn Smythe two years in a row. But in the start to the Penguins’ 2018 playoff run, Crosby has hit a new milestone. With his eleventh...
Penguins Can't Sleep on Domination of Flyers

Penguins Can't Sleep on Domination of Flyers

April 12th, 2018 The Pittsburgh Penguins kicked their three-peat bid off with a bang on Wednesday night. On home ice in front of a rowdy crowd at PPG Paints Arena, the defending champions absolutely laid into their cross-state rivals, scoring seven unanswered goals en route to a 7-0 shutout of the Philadelphia...

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March 29th, 2018
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After spending much of the fall on the outside of playoff bubble, the Pittsburgh Penguins turned their season around after the New Year. Most aspects of their game have been significantly better in 2018 than they were for the 2017 portion of the season. In the fall, the Penguins ranked 20th in points; in the spring, they’ve claimed the sixth most points in the league. In the fall, their star-laden power play was third at a 24.8% conversion rate; they improved to second with a 27.4% rate in the spring. But one area in which the team has failed to improve is the penalty kill— and that special team is dragging the Penguins down as they attempt to push through their final stretch of games. Penguins’ Penalty Kill Success Over the Season The penalty kill was one of the Penguins’ greatest weaknesses as they struggled through the fall; they were ranked 18th in the league, killing off just over 80% of opposing teams’ man advantages. But in the spring, it’s one of the only...
March 28th, 2018
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Sidney Crosby is a long-time veteran of this game, so it should come as no surprise that he knows just when to peak. With five matches left for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Crosby is looking to tie his longest goal streak this season with tallies in each of the past four games. If he scores in the Penguins’ crucial Thursday matchup against the New Jersey Devils, a Metropolitan Division opponent, then his five-game streak will tie for the longest string of goals he’s put together this season (he scored goals in five games in a row in late November, two of which were in a back-to-back set against the struggling Buffalo Sabres). Where is this spike in scoring from Crosby coming from? It’s not just luck— he’s been putting shots on goal more consistently during this stretch than he has for most of the year. Related: Is Sidney Crosby Heating Up? Crosby Shots on Goal Through the Season Crosby has averaged just under three shots per game this season. That ties him for 26th...
March 23rd, 2018
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Jake Guentzel saw his first NHL call-up and received his first Stanley Cup ring all within in the same season. In the 2017 playoffs, he was a rookie standout for the Pittsburgh Penguins with 21 points in 25 games, earning him a permanent roster spot and a Conn Smythe vote from the NHLPA. Even within the 21-point playoff run, Guentzel was a streaky producer. After five goals in the first round, he scored only two points in the Penguins' seven-game third-round series against the Ottawa Senators. He's struggled with similar downswings in the regular season. Guentzel has been on a relative downturn lately. His three-point effort against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, for instance, tied his point production in the nine games prior to that match. But things could be about to trend upwards for Guentzel. Guentzel is still playing his first ever full season, so sample sizes to judge from are small. But the 23-year-old's production last season showed that he had the ability...
March 22nd, 2018
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The Pittsburgh Penguins’ power play was put under a microscope Wednesday night when a fumbled change during a man advantage gave the Montreal Canadiens all the time and space in the world to saunter up to the net and put in a short-handed goal, tying the game at 2-2. While the Penguins did convert twice on the power play on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Canadiens, Nikita Scherbak’s short-handed tally was the symptom of a special team that has been struggling to click as of late. But with two goals on the man advantage on Wednesday, is the Penguins’ March power play slump over? Penguins' Power Play Throughout the Season After spending most of the fall on the outside of the playoff bubble, the Penguins started turning their season around after their post-New Year bye week. As one of January's hottest teams, they pushed themselves up from fighting to stay on the bubble to vying for first in the division. One of the mechanisms propelling the Penguins to the top was...

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10 Greatest Pittsburgh Penguins in Franchise History

The Penguins have been supremely fortunate to offer their fans two of the game's all-time legends in Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. But it takes more than a single superstar to win Cups, they need other greats to support them. These players as well as some of the legends in the team's storied... December 8th, 2017

Penguins Hockey - The Last Days of the Igloo

Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena, affectionately known as The Igloo and former home of Penguins hockey, is finally being demolished. - Story by Brian Lutz Strange things happen before every Pittsburgh Penguins home game. Up until game time, everyone lucky enough to secure tickets does the same... October 24th, 2011